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We have rationally designed a new class of alkyne-tethered oximes and applied them in an unprecedented iron-catalyzed radical relay protocol for the rapid assembly of a wide array of structurally new and interesting fused pyridines. This method shows broad substrate scope and good functional-group tolerance and enabled the synthesis of several biologically active molecules. Furthermore, the fused pyridines could be diversely functionalized through various simple transformations, such as cyclization, C-H alkylation, and a click reaction. DFT calculation studies indicate that the reactions involve cascade 1,5-hydrogen atom transfer, 5-exo-dig radical addition, and cyclization processes. Moreover, preliminary biological investigations suggest that some of the fused pyridines exhibit good anti-inflammatory activity by restoring the imbalance of inflammatory homeostasis of macrophages in a lipopolysaccharide-induced model. © 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbH.


Fei Du, Shi-Jun Li, Kun Jiang, Rong Zeng, Xi-Chun Pan, Yu Lan, Ying-Chun Chen, Ye Wei. Iron-Catalyzed Radical Relay Enabling the Modular Synthesis of Fused Pyridines from Alkyne-Tethered Oximes and Alkenes. Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English). 2020 Dec 21;59(52):23755-23762

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